So, I've been selling in this erotic marketplace for the past three years and someone just asked me why one thing worked and another didn't. I blithely said, well that's because the largest number of readers are in Erotic Romance, and they asked me to explain the difference.
I thought everyone knew - but realized that there are some writers who aren't even familiar with the term "romantica," so here goes.
I believe that Romantica is a term coined by the Ellora's Cave gals for their brand of erotic romance novels. They feature the happy monogamous endings and wish fulfillment of your average romance novel, but with many explicit sex scenes. The main character is always a woman, even though the story can be told from alternating points of view.
Erotica is sexually charged fiction, but it's payoff is not the traditional romance novel happy ending - anything goes with anyone.
So my interrogator asked me to give some examples of good Erotic Romance (because she wasn't taken with anything she'd read in this category so far) and I wanted to say, "all my client's work," but many of the books I've sold haven't been published yet.
The only one that is is PARIS HANGOVER by Kristen Lobe.
So can you guys recommend some really good Romantica, and Erotic Romance?
Good erotica too?